Education Matters—Sanford School's Private School Blog

Learn About Financial Aid & Affordability Options for Private Schools

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Private school admission offices across the country often hear the same sentiments...

We would love to have our children at your school. We think they would thrive in this type of learning environment. We just don’t know how we could ever afford it.

High tuition amounts are often the biggest barrier to families who

 

are interested in a private school education for their child. What many do not realize is there has been a national shift in the types of families who are applying for financial aid and other tuition assistance. More and more middle and upper income families are applying for and receiving financial help with the tuition bills.

It is a good practice for families to call the financial aid officers at the schools they are considering and ask questions about the school’s program. A guide for this conversation may be found here:

 Top questions to ask about financial aid 

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability

Private School Can be Affordable

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

How Can You Afford a Private School Education?

The big question for many families considering private school is - how can we afford a private school education? There are two ways private schools typically offer tuition assistance. The most common is need-based financial aid where families complete a financial aid application that is separate from the application for admission. The school then evaluates the application to determine how much the family can afford to pay toward tuition. Financial aid awards are given as grants and do not have to be repaid. Often, financial aid awards are renewable until the student graduates from the school.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability